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Subject: This Is A Betty Cantor (BBD) Date !!!?
The usually bad SBD vocals mix isn't quite so bad this night. And the sound isn't quite as sterile as it usually is. But this is a Betty date? Supposedly, no other board recordings exist other than her's. Her March reels were damaged in storage years ago. I sure am curious what her version sounds like? Hmm. Listening to it right now. Is this a Betty Board incognito?
Subject: Full lineup
Nice sound here. I'm happy to see Wharf Rat back in the rotation. It just looks like they are doing every tune in their portfolio. Nice long concert - you were lucky to be at this concert! What's with Phil saying they don't do St. Stephen anymore at the end of Row Jimmy? Why would he scare people like that? Not funny! It'd be like telling me there was no Wharf Rat to be heard from this point on...I'd be sick. But damn, what happened to this Wharf Rat? Totally obliterated the Break section lyrics. Oh well, they can't all be 10's. Eyes of the World has the vocals a little too strong, but still a great version.
I just love the Bertha openers in '73
Subject: some mix issues
Most of this recording suffers from some mix issues---low vocals, Bob being too loud, Jerry being too low. BUT...overall this is a fine performance worthy of your time. The entire tour of late winter/early spring ( I believe this date may be the Equinox) is really good. Dark Star's from ALL of '73 don't have superlatives evocative enough to explain how outstanding they were. Eye's of the World sounds as if it's been in rotation for years. The WRS Prelude seems to take a few seconds to get going, but is a great lead-up to DS.
I'll give this 3 stars, but remember that this IS a show from '73---even a 2 Star show from '73 (do ANY exist?) is like a 5 Star show from '95.
Yo...this is an average show. The sound for a soundboard is not stellar, just average. The playing is average. There are better shows, and there are worse.
These reviews are useless if everybody says that every show they listen to is simply the best Dead they have ever listened to. We need some discretion. The Dead had numerous off nights, and the majority of their shows are average or good. There are few exceptions and let's hope they are available here on archive.org
capn doubledose -
I smoked some boros down to the filter and was afraid to leave my seat while my eyelids played movies - This is HOT in a hot year. Very cool how they do the headfake on WRS and do not go into Let it Grow and straight into a great Dark Star - Thats the 2nd time from 1973 I have heard that.... Quality of this is great and nice to see folks comment on this that went to so much trouble to be at such a great show....
Subject: holy smokes!
I am not even all the way through this show and it is smokin! The keys on Jack Straw are blowing my mind at this very moment. This show has very powerful energy, I hope second set is as good.
Subject: sweet honey
beautifully psychadelic sunshine
Subject: Not a bad way to start.
This was my first show. I hitchhiked with a friend of mine from Oneonta (Hartwick College) to Utica. What I recall most is that this was different than any other experience I'd ever had in life. Naturally, I'd seen other bands -- the Band, the Airplane, etc. but '73 GD was a whole 'nother world. The band seemed exceptionally high -- or maybe that was me. More likely, it was both. Nobody else was playing shows that were anywhere near as LONG as the Dead. The interplay among the musicians was astonishing. It was a journey. I'm glad I went on it. There's certainly nothing like it now.
Subject: popping sound
The comments I made for the 22nd were directed at this show. Enjoyable, energetic listen. A one of a kind, classic show.
Subject: Solid show
Great early 73' show. Phil sounds great on Box. Sunshine is great and Playin' 1st set highlights. 2nd set- Standard mind Blowin' ...great Dark Star!...water damage to original gives Eyes a bit of distorted vocals. Check out fall 73 tour...my new Fav.